Published March 27, 2010 05:49 pm - Sentencing has been set for Gary L. Sheesley, the senior corrections officer at the Federal Penitentiary at Lewisburg who, with his loaded .45-caliber Derringer last July, mistook a convenience store along Route 45 for the O.K. Corral.
Sentencing has been set for Gary L. Sheesley, the senior corrections officer at the Federal Penitentiary at Lewisburg who, with his loaded .45-caliber Derringer last July, mistook a convenience store along Route 45 for the O.K. Corral.
Sheesley, police said, was drunk when he smacked a passing car with his hand in downtown Lewisburg, and invited the driver to a fight. They met at a convenience store in East Buffalo Township and engaged in a tussle. Sheesley, 49, of Mifflinburg, drew the gun on Jerry Zimmerman, of Sunbury, who knocked it out of Sheesley’s hand.
The two-shot pistol skidded across the parking lot. Zimmerman grabbed it, went inside the convenience store and asked the clerk to call police.
Sheesley has pleaded guilty to recklessly endangering another person, and to his third driving under the influence, with a high blood-alcohol level. His blood-alcohol content was 0.125 percent. The legal limit for drivers in Pennsylvania is 0.08 percent.
Six charges were dropped against Sheesley: Driving under the influence while generally impaired, his third offense; making terroristic threats; a second count of recklessly endangering another person; two counts of simple assault; and disorderly conduct by engaging in fighting.
Sheesley was suspended from his job at the prison. His current employment status is unknown.
East Buffalo Township Detective Darryl Fisher arrested Sheesley at the convenience store after the 7 p.m. incident July 25. Fisher reported that Sheesley and Zimmerman both had signs of injury to their faces. Zimmerman stayed inside the store and Sheesley waited for police to arrive outside, seated on his motorcycle. Fisher reported that Sheesley’s eyes were glassy and he had an odor of alcoholic beverage on his breath.
Sentencing is scheduled for early June in Union County Court with Judge Harold F. Woelfel Jr. presiding.